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Golfer Annyka Cayabyab: Young Star on the Rise |

Golfer Annyka Cayabyab: Young Star on the Rise
Annyka Cayabyab on green and at play.
Jaycon Yaneza

Pampanga-native golf champion Annyka Chanel Pineda-Cayabyab has been hugging the news following her successes in international tournaments in the United States. She is just 10 years old.

Cayabyab started in the sport professionally three years earlier and she amazes with her foray into major cups. She has collected several trophies and medals in a short period of time and has made her home country and family proud.

Last  month, she won the championship in Veritas, in California. She competed and won the Junior World Championship in July in the U.S. West Coast. She and her coach, Norman Sto. Domingo, a three-time golf junior champion before he started his career as golf instructor, have set  their sights on competing on grass in Europe.

This young accomplished golfer comes from a line of politicians. Her mother is Lubao Pampanga Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab and her grandmother is Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda.

Get to know our pinay in the interview below. We spoke to Annyka through her coach. Following is the trail of our conversation. (Read other trailblazing young pinays, “New Pageant Bets on Deaf Mute Beauty Queen.”)

You’re just 10 years old. When did you start playing golf? 

I started when I was seven years old. My lolo and my cousins influenced me. My golf idol is Paula Creamer.

What is a regular day for Annyka Cayabyab? 

A regular day for me is going to school then hanging out with my friends.

How would you describe yourself as a student? 

I am in Grade 5 at O.B. Montessori, in San Juan. Well, I can describe myself as a bit smart and sometimes a bit talkative in class.

Tell us about your victories.

My latest victory is Veritas. My first win was when I was six-years-old but then I stopped for one year. Coach Norman was not my coach yet that time.

Left: Annyka Cayabyab on the golf course Right:  Annyka with Coach Norman Sto. Domingo

Annyka Cayabyab on the golf course. She holds her trophy, with Coach Norman Sto. Domingo.

How has Coach Norman helped you?

When I have a tournament, Coach Norman supports me. When I do something wrong, he tells me what to do. The most memorable lesson was when I had my first coaching session with him.

What is your most significant or most cherished victory and why?

My most significant victory is Junior World Qualifying held in Capitol Hills and Country Club because on the first day, I was third place. On the second day, I was third place by five strokes. Then on the third day, I was first, leading by one. On the fourth day, I was champion by six strokes!

What tournaments do you intend to join and win in the near future?

I want to win LPGA. When I am 16 or 17, I want to be the youngest Pinay to win that tournament.

What can you advise other girls out there who aspire to become good at golf too?

My advice is that: it’s all about enjoying the game of golf and having a nice attitude in the golf course.

Photos are courtesy of Annyka Cayabyab and Norman Sto. Domingo.

Jaycon Yaneza

Jaycon Yaneza is an AB Literature graduate of UST. He is an Ustetika winner and conceptualized one of the pioneer teleseryes on Philippine television. He has written for Manila Bulletin and Icon magazine. Currently a Language Education student at JRU Graduate School, he works full time in the BPO industry in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines.

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